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Easy Handmade Cards with CTMH’s Complements

CTMH Inspire Complements

Making a handmade card doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.  Especially when you can utilize products that can make the process a whole lot faster and easier.  If you’re not familiar with Close To My Heart’s product line called Complements, let me introduce you to them today.

Closeup of Happy Moments Complements

Complements are a wonderful tool for cardmaking and scrapbooking.  Each package of Complements comes with a variety of stickers, die-cuts and chipboard elements.  Some contain foil and others contain glitter.  They are designed to “complement” a certain theme or color palette.  In my picture here, it’s a close-up of the gold glitter die-cuts contained in the Happy Moments Complements.  Look at how gorgeous that looks?!?  And it’s so super simple to add to the project!

My Friend Card

Here’s the card in it’s entirety.

CTMH Happy Moments Complements

You can see I also used some of the sticker borders to create another accent to my cluster focusing in on my sentiment.  The gold foil hearts coordinate beautifully with the gold glitter die-cut I used along the top of the card.  By adding a few elements from one of the Complements packages, you can create a card that is not only quick & easy, but beautifully coordinated, too!

Currently, CTMH has 14 different Complements to choose from.  To view all of the options, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

CTMH 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations

CTMH 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations

Have you had a chance to see Close To My Heart’s *NEW* 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations yet?  If not, there are a couple of options for you.  First, you can check out the online version of the book.

Or you could check out this awesome close-up video tour of the catalog!

Happy National Watermelon Day!

Cricut You Are Here Watermelon Card

Today is National Watermelon Day.  Did you know that?  I sure didn’t until I saw it listed in my planner for today.

It seemed like the perfect opportunity to create a card!  Plus, when I checked if I had any watermelon images on the Cricut cartridges I owned, this cute watermelon slice popped up in my *NEW* Cricut You Are Here collection. Serendipity, right?

I grabbed my *NEW* Whimsy Fundamentals and Basics Fundamentals along with some Raspberry Cardstock and got to work.  I then added some Black Shimmer Trim, Black & White Dots and some White Twine to finish off the card. All-in-all, it came together pretty quick.

If you’re a fan of watermelon, be sure to celebrate today.  Jamba Juice is even offering a special in honor of the day.  Time to go enjoy some watermelon!

*NEW* Cricut You Are Here

Cricut You Are Here Collection

Today Close To My Heart released a brand *NEW* Cricut Collection.  Meet the Cricut You Are Here Collection.  Just like the previous exclusive CTMH Cricut Collections, this cartridge contains 700 images (so awesome, right?!?) Along with these images, you also get 3 coordinating stamp sets and a 20-pack of cardstock–so you can start cutting out images of course!

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Images

This collection contains so much more than what you might think by the name.  It does contain a lot of travel type images (National Parks, variety of vehicles, travel signs) but there are also holiday images (tree, pumpkin), sports (bowling, football, softball), everyday life (Polaroid, swimsuit, teacup) as well as sentiments and a font.

Cricut You Are Here Display Board

I’m offering FREE shipping for the next week when you purchase this *NEW* Cricut You Are Here Collection from me.  Be sure to purchase your collection from me by Tuesday, August 8th to get the FREE shipping.*  Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE to select either a traditional collection with a physical cartridge or the digital version.

*Shipping will be reimbursed after your purchase is complete.

Don’t Miss Out!

July CTMH Stamp of the Month Storybook Alphabet

Today is the last day of July. Usually the last day simply means it’s your last opportunity to grab our Stamp of the Month.  But this month it means much more!

CTMH Stampaganza

It’s also the last day to take advantage of Close To My Heart’s Stampaganza. Buy any 2 stamp sets and get a 3rd one for FREE.  Pretty sweet deal!  Plus, they even brought back some popular retired stamp sets just for this special.

2016-2017 CTMH Annual Inspirations

Then there’s the biggie…it’s the final day of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book. There are a ton of items that are retiring and will no longer be available.  You can check out all the retiring CTMH items HERE.

Cricut Flower Market Honey Bee Treat Bag

Cricut Flower Market Bee Bag Topper

Here’s a cute (and quick!) idea for creating a bag topper using images from Close To My Heart’s Cricut Flower Market Collection.

This Cricut Collection can be purchased with a physical cartridge or as a digital collection (for the Cricut Explore.)  To see the Cricut Flower Market Collection as well as the CTMH Stamp Sets that coordinate with this collection, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

This Catalog Item Is On Backorder! Here’s Why You Need To Order It When It Comes Back In!

CTMH's Sea Glass Re-inker

Sea Glass is Close To My Heart’s Color of the Year–until August 1st, that is. Then a *NEW* Color of the Year will debut.  Right now, the Sea Glass reinker is on backorder until August 1st.

This means 2 things for you…1.) you have a little extra wiggle room for ordering yours since it’s not currently available and 2.) you need to grab it quick when August 1st comes around because officially it will be retiring so it will only be available while supplies last!

Don’t miss out on getting your Sea Glass re-inker!  You’ll want to ensure you can continue to re-ink your stamp pad, create custom puddle pads and more with this very popular color.  Be sure to visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE on August 1st to order your bottle.

Close To My Heart’s Art Studio

CTMH Office Tour Ticket

Last week while at CTMH’s Annual Convention, Consultants got the exciting opportunity to visit the CTMH Office for a tour.  Apparently, they recently just did a makeover to the office.  While I never saw the office before this revamp, I must say it looked spectacular!  I have a bunch of photos to share.

CTMH flag

Just look at the scenery from their building.  Simply breathtaking.

Heart Lawn

And then for a bit of cuteness and true creativity, look at how they spray painted hearts on the lawn outside the building.  Okay, now it’s time to go inside!

CTMH's Mission Statement

First off, when you enter the building, they have their mission statement on the wall.

CTMH's Office Wallpaper

You then notice the very striking wallpaper behind the staircase that leads upstairs.  It’s breathtaking in person!  I couldn’t resist getting a photo taken!

CTMH Cricut Heart Mobile

In the lobby, you’ll see another breathtaking item–a heart mobile.  If I remember correctly, there are 770 hearts cut from one of our Cricut Collections to create this masterpiece. Beautiful, right?!?

Wooden Art Display

As you’d expect, they had many masterpieces displayed throughout the office.  These two are my favorites.  I love the creative spin on displaying the artwork.  This wooden one with the clips screams a fairly simple DIY project, right?

Scrapbook Layout Art Wall

And how about this stunningly simple idea for displaying 12 x12 scrapbook layouts?  I loved it the instant I saw it!

Art Studio Welcome Sign

Want to see the Art Studio at CTMH?

CTMH Art Studio

Art Studio Close-up

Art Studio Paper Supply

Art Studio Supply Wall

I was surprised at how simple and clean the area of the Art Studio was.  Of course, I do realize that they probably did a major clean up knowing this tour of Consultant was going to be happening!

Art Studio quote

I especially loved the quote they had on the back wall of the Art Studio.

We found out that the artists are given one of each new product from an upcoming catalog to create artwork samples.  Can you imagine how awesome that would be?!

Jeanette's Office Sign

Once you step around the corner of the Art Studio, there is this cute sign leading you to Jeanette’s office.

Jeanette's Creative Space

Just outside Jeanette’s office is her creative station. Of course, I had to get a photo here, too (please excuse the knobs that look like little antennae from my head!)

You are Welcome Here Sign

Right next to the creative station is a door with another chalk masterpiece. It’s so true–everyone is welcome.  The CTMH Community is so awesome.  If you’ve ever thought about becoming a CTMH Consultant, you should!  I’d be happy to talk more with you about it and answer any questions you might have.  Plus, I just have to say, July is a GREAT time to become a CTMH Consultant.  You can get an additional 12 pack of stamp sets (as part of our Stampaganza promotion) which are valued at over $215!  Wow, huh?

CTMH Tour Guide

So last, but not least, I need to give props to our amazing tour guide, Jose.  He actually works in their IT department so he didn’t really have a lot of firsthand knowledge of the products (although he did say he was a master with the item numbers!)  He said a lot of his paycheck goes back to the company when they host their company store on pay day.  He said he’ll FaceTime with his wife and she’ll tell him what to buy her.  Such a good husband, right?!?

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into the CTMH office.  I know I really loved being able to take this tour.  It was a special experience.  And that is what life is all about–our experiences!